Applicability of Different Antigen Preparations in the Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay for Schistosomiasis mansoni

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  • University of Leiden, Medical Center, Department of Parasitology, Medical Scientific Institute, Department of Parasitology, Leiden, Netherlands

The applicability of seven different antigen preparations for the detection of antibodies against Schistosoma mansoni was tested in the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. For this purpose, sera from children and adults from Surinam infected with S. mansoni were screened for the presence of specific antibodies against the various antigens. With all antigens, generally better results were obtained with the sera from children than with those from adults. The best results were obtained when the trichloroacetic acid-soluble fraction of adult worm antigen (containing the proteoglycan circulating anodic antigen) was used.